They are young and strong. Professional rugby players with a short career span that requires extreme physical and mental commitment. We'll experience the tension of a hard week for team and staff who prepare for the day of the match.
This captivating immersive film takes us into the world of an intensely commercial, globalized sport...and right into the locker rooms of a professional rugby club where they prepare, shape and repair the players.
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Through rare access to French rugby club LOU in Lyon, the viewer gets to meet the players as they get debriefed, massaged and patched-up after the game. The camera zooms in on the bodies of athletes trained in combat, never losing sight of the fact that they are as human as the next man...
"...we're talking about rugby here. And the vulnerability of these men, always at the extreme limit of the capacity of their bodies." - Cédric Marion (Le Dauphiné)
"Top-level athletes are under constant pressure...to improve their performance, to increase training, to deliver better results. But their status remains precarious and their fitness care sometimes inadequate. How does this impact body and mind of professional athletes? And how do they adapt to a normal life after retirement? Doping, financial pressure, incessant physical exams: a sign of excess or necessary adaptation?" - Live debate upon broadcast on Public Senat on 15 Oct. 2017
Festivals and Awards:
* 2018: "Special Mention from the Jury"at the 22nd Festival "Territoires en Images" (Paris, Nov. 2018)
* 2018: official selection -GIEFF “German International Ethnographic Film Festival” in Koblenz (May 2018)
* 2018: official selection - FIFEQ (Festival Intl. du Film ethnographique du Québec), Montréal & Québec -29 March to 1 April '18.